Kinfolk 94: A Multipurpose Even Space, Bar, and Retail in Brooklyn

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Kinfolk 94 was developed by Berg Design Architecture in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Completed in 2014, it is a multipurpose event space, bar, and retail in the area owned by Kinfolk. With the size of 4000 square feet, the building is situated in a neighborhood dominated by low-rise industrial buildings supporting local manufacturing.

Kinfolk 94

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Inspired by the urging to create products and experiences they would imagine but could not find to purchase, Kinfolk 94 was born with the concept of a ‘Kinfolk life’. With the result of combining experience from various disciplines, Kinfolk, as a group or organization, was determined to find the best designers, techniques, and builders to create lasting products and unique experiences.

A Space with Various Functions

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Kinfolk then made use of their space at 90 Wythe Ave for a variety of functions, including a space for the restaurant, coffee shop, and bar. For the neighboring site which is situated at 94 Wythe Avenue, the appointed firm designed a multi-disciplinary performance/event space, retail store, and bar. The existing building known as a former mechanics garage has 75’ x 50’ brick structure. It comes with 20’ tall ceilings and storefront glazing facing Wythe Avenue.

The Intimate Bar

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Kinfolk instructed that the bar area had to feel intimate on a slow night with up to 40 people. It also needs to feel connected to the rear event space when the venue is on the run to accommodate 150 people.

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The bar and event space must be adaptable, meaning it can be used for a variety of occasions, including movie screenings, art gallery shows, musical performances, large dinner parties, and DJ dance parties.

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In the middle of the main space, there are three set pieces inserted; the bar canopy and two ‘geo-shells’. The geo-shells are sections inspired by geodesic in a shape of a dome. They are clad in Western red cedar and Douglas fir, materially referring to the Pacific North West.

The Retail Space

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The retail space uses the glass store front system. It is used for display and has a designated street entrance.

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There is an entire geodesic dome in the space experienced from the street.

Via Berg Design Architecture